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Deutsch, F. (1963). Analytic Posturology and Synesthesiology: Some Important Theoretical and Clinical Aspects. Psychoanal. Rev., 50A(1):40-67.

(1963). Psychoanalytic Review, 50A(1):40-67

Analytic Posturology and Synesthesiology: Some Important Theoretical and Clinical Aspects

Felix Deutsch, M.D.

In the course of analysis and of psychotherapeutic sessions, sensitivities to the stimulation of all sensory perceptions change as the threshold of sensory perceptiveness rises and falls within the psychodynamic setting. This change is caused by the ego behavior responding to the demands of irreconcilable instinctual forces fighting for supremacy, a struggle which the ego tries to mediate, and cathexed and repressed sense perceptions often return during treatment.


In recording every expression of a sensory sensation and at the moment it appeared, from the beginning to the end of every session, a system of sketching was used which, as far as posture was concerned, consisted of a few characteristic lines that gave a simple but clear picture of the position of the head, arms, trunk and legs. It could be done easily without missing the equally important simultaneous verbal communications of the patient which were concomitantly recorded. This kind of looking, listening, and recording became a routine shorthand procedure which did not significantly diminish the total attention of the analyst. On the contrary, it brought about a better understanding of the dynamic process since the analyst had to concentrate continually.

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